Sarina Wiegman, England Women’s Manager, Thinks The Lionesses Have Moved On From Their Olympic Disappointment

The Lionesses will face Austria and Italy, replacing what they believed would be Nations League semi-finals; England head coach Sarina Wiegman: “This is the start of our Euros campaign and after the disappointing result of not qualifying for the play-offs to qualify for the Olympics, we’ve moved on”

Sarina Wiegman, England Women's Manager, Thinks The Lionesses Have Moved On From Their Olympic disappointment.

Sarina Wiegman

Sarina Petronella Wiegmann Sarina Wiegman-Glotzbach, popularly known as OON CBE, is a Dutch football manager and former player who has been the manager of the England women’s national team since September 2021. She was born on October 26, 1969.

Sarina Wiegman began her playing career as a center midfielder before transitioning to defense. She attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1989 and was a member of the North Carolina Tar Heels women’s football team. When she returned to the Netherlands, she joined Ter Leede’s women’s squad alongside her employment as a physical education instructor. Ter Leede won both the Dutch title and the KNVB Cup once.

The Lionesses Have Moved On From Their Olympic Disappointment

England’s head coach, Sarina Wiegman, feels her team has moved on from the disappointment of losing out on Olympic qualifying.

The Lionesses will play Austria on Friday and Italy on Tuesday in a pair of friendlies that have replaced what they had anticipated would be the Nations League semi-finals.

A 6-0 hammering of Scotland appeared to have won the top position in Group A1 in December, but the Netherlands scored twice in extra time against Belgium to beat England on goal difference and destroy Team GB’s chances of qualifying for Paris 2024.

“This is really the start of our Euros campaign, and after the very disappointing result of not qualifying for the play-offs to qualify for the Olympics, we moved on,” said Sarina Wiegman, whose team will defend its European championship in Switzerland the following year.

“This is the beginning, with two friends, which is great for us since we can try out new things.

“We are also quite near to the U23s [who are also training in Spain], so we can see them, communicate with them, and acquire a lot of players’ current locations.

“This is a great start because in April the Nations League starts which are the qualifiers for the Euros.”

Leah Williamson, the Euro 2022 winning captain, had been included in Sarina Wiegman’s team for the first time after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, but the Arsenal defender withdrew on Sunday due to a hamstring issue.

When asked if club coaches had sought a player-minute limit amid a three-way Women’s Super League title chase and a slew of high-profile injuries, Sarina Wiegman said, “Not this time.

“We communicate all the time, we keep each other up to speed, and we understand how important the Women’s Super League is, as well as the German League for Georgia (Stanway) and the Spanish League for the players who are now based in Spain.

“Of course, we want to take care of the players, but we want to do a lot more. We play to win, but we also can try new things and manage our minutes. With a hectic schedule, I believe this is something to consider.

“The issue of injuries is broader in scope, and it is about the players’ workload. The calendar is something we talk about a lot, so we need to address it. I spoke up about it last week; we strongly urge FIFA and UEFA to modify things.

“But we’re doing our best with the experience we have in our team and personnel. We have a program in place and keep a close eye on the players.

“You’re in an environment where an injury can happen because it’s a physical sport, but if you can diminish the risk of injuries as much as possible, that’s also what we try to do.”

Sarina Wiegman, England Women's Manager, Thinks The Lionesses Have Moved On From Their Olympic disappointment.

England Women’s Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Khiara Keating (Manchester City), and Hannah Hampton (Chelsea).

Defenders: Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), Maya Le Tissier (Manchester United), and Millie Turner.

Midfielders include Grace Clinton (Tottenham), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jess Park (Man City), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), and Ella Toone (Manchester United).

Forwards include Alessia Russo of Arsenal, Rachel Daly of Aston Villa, Lauren Hemp of Manchester City, Chloe Kelly of Manchester City, Lauren James of Chelsea, and Beth Mead of Arsenal.

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Source: Sky Sport

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